Spanish lawmakers approved legislation that would allow women with severe menstrual pain to be given paid leave.
According to the news of Euronews; With a new regulation in working life, Spain became the first European country to give its employees suffering from menstrual pain the right to take up to three days of paid leave. It was also stated that the three-day period could be extended to five days if the doctor deems it appropriate. In order for the permission to be used, a patient paper must be obtained from the doctor.
The costs of the leave will be covered by the state’s social security system, not by the employer. According to the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics, about a third of menstruating women experience severe pain.
With the legal regulation, menstrual products; In schools and prisons, hormonal birth control pills and morning-after pills will be available free of charge at government health centers.
The regulation on menstrual leave also raises some concerns. UGT, one of Spain’s largest unions, points out that menstrual leave can stigmatize women in the workplace and companies may prefer to hire more men. The main opposition conservative People’s Party (PP) shares similar concerns with the union.